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Frank McCourt may sue Major League Baseball

Apr 21, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

This nugget in the AP’s report about Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Dodgers is every bit expected as it is depressing: a baseball executive familiar with the situation said that McCourt is preparing to sue Major League Baseball.  He has reportedly hired the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell to do it, too.

Good luck. My understanding of the matter — and someone, please, tell me if I’m off base here — is that Selig can basically do anything with a team and its owner (i.e. approve his bid, kick him out, take control over his team, etc.) as long as he has the support of 3/4 of the other owners. Selig rarely does anything unless he has consensus. For him to have taken over the Dodgers means that he almost certainly has the backing of baseball’s other owners.

I’m guessing that the threat of legal action is bluster. And even if it isn’t bluster, it’s doomed to failure. Frank McCourt signed an agreement with Major League Baseball when he bought the Dodgers. I’m guessing what happened yesterday is provided for in its provisions.

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

  1. wowbaggertheinfinitelyprolonged - Apr 21, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Having already had one agreement, through the “assistance” of his attorney end up not saying what Mr McCourt thought it said (his pre-nup, if I recall), then if he used the same firm when he bought the Dodgers, who knows what the “final” executed contract actually said!

  2. wowbaggertheinfinitelyprolonged - Apr 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    And, as you will be well aware Craig, just because there does not appear to be any sensible chance of a court action being successful, this does not prevent a client insisting on pursuing it, especially if the time it takes to resolve might be lenghty, and give him some leeway.

    Alternatively, Mr McCourt at some point decided magnanimously that he would single-handedly save the California Bar from penury…

    • mgflolox - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      He’s a jerk, a complete kneebiter.

    • cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      Where to next wowbagger? Jamie’s house, probably. Lots to work with there. Don’t forget their kids; gotta be worth a seconds of eternity to think up something suitably scathing for Jamie and the kids. Cheers.

  3. wrg885 - Apr 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Hopefully the result of the first game without McCourt is ultimately how the franchise winds up when all of this is settled. Go Dodgers.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    So let me get this right: this idiot has hired the same firm he is suing for making a pig’s porridge of his prenuptual agreement to sue Major League Baseball?

    And I say to myself, what a wonderful world.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:40 AM

      Different firm. The one he’s suing (or is suing him) is Bingham McCutcheon. Why a firm like Sullivan & Cromwell would take this case given McCourt’s debts and his penchant for fighting with his lawyers is an open question.

      • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        That’s entirely too logical on McCourt’s part. Anyway, all these law firms look alike to me.

      • Chipmaker - Apr 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM

        It’s LA, Craig.

        Movie rights!

  5. BC - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    +1 on the picture of Selig.

    • Old Gator - Apr 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Somebody get that man a box of Swiss Criss.

  6. cur68 - Apr 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    So Frank has a 3-way brewing up, eh? He must have infinitely deep pockets to carry that off.

  7. pauleee - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    How’s he going to cover the court costs?

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